Woodworking programs? Problems?

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  1. shopteach

    shopteach New Member

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    Has anyone gotten a good shop/woodworking program going? Were there any unforeseen challenges with putting it into practice? What are the big barriers to getting it running? Is your school even interested? I would love to hear about your experience; I'm preparing to pitch this idea to our school (3yr old - 8th grade).
     
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    We don't have a full program, but have started running some 5 week elective-type programs once a week for our Grade 7 and 8 students. Woodworking/construction is one of the opportunities. Because of time constraints, the projects are fairly simple, but the students are getting an introduction to shop safety, tools, design and planning, and simple construction. Money is/was proving the biggest challenge to work around. Getting set up with tools and safety equipment, as well as materials was costly. We are fortunate to be using the Science Lab for the Construction workshops, so safety equipment is already available. We have had a little push back from kids and parents who feel that this time would be better spent on academics, but our admin has been fully on-board and has supported us in our development of the program.
     

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